Sadly, the third time is not the charm. Time has passed, and we’ve all grown up. It’s difficult to say the same for Sora and his companions, with Kingdom Hearts III featuring a mixed bag of old and new elements across the areas of combat, storytelling, and design.
BioWare’s first foray into the looter-shooter genre absolutely nails high-flying action, but drops the ball in all other aspects. A disappointment at launch, Anthem nevertheless contains plenty of untapped potential that will hopefully survive being buried under a tidal wave of negativity. BioWare sorely needs to turn things around for this game, but whether or not they will succeed remains to be seen.
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown requires a certain grasp of combat flight mechanics from past gameplay experience, which makes it punishing and brutal for newcomers. Long-time fans, however, should seek comfort and pleasure in taking to the skies once again as they relive the thrill of flying and dogfighting, while being treated to polished, finely-detailed visuals.